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May 25, 2015

Country was booed for its anti-gay law

Russia's deputy prime minister has said the West will collapse under ISIS and gays after his country failed to win the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (24 May) night.

The audience booed every time points were awarded to Russia because of its anti-gay law, which was passed in 2013.

Russia's entry, Polina Gagarina, finally came in second, losing out to Sweden.

The next day, Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin retweeted an article on the Washington Post's explanation of Russia's loss: its anti-gay laws.

May 24, 2015

But has Måns Zelmerlöw, the contestant from Sweden who won with a performance Heroes, had a change of heart since his controversial remarks?

Måns Zelmerlöw is the winner of this year's 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer from Sweden took top prize with his performance of Heroes.

Last year the 28-year-old found himself in hot water after saying LGBTI couples should not be parents.

May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 22, 2015

Dating app Hornet launches first gay Eurovision survey

Users of gay dating app Hornet have chosen Russia's Polina Gagarina as their favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (23 May) night.

France came in second, followed by Sweden and Italy.

Hornet seemed surprised by the results of its survey.

'One might predict an LGBT bias against certain countries, but gay Russians are voting for their home country without apology,' the company said.

Eurovision is exceptionally popular among gay men has even been called the 'gay Christmas,' but Hornet is the first to poll this audience. 

May 19, 2015

Return of the UK's last winning entry at Scotland's biggest LGBTI festival

Katrina and the Waves will perform at this year's Pride Glasgow, it has been announced.

The band were the last English entry to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, with the hit song Love Shine A Light.

They are also known for their top ten single Walking on Sunshine, while lead singer Katrina Leskanich has also forged a solo career, even providing backing vocals on Natalie Imbruglia's iconic hit Torn.

May 18, 2015

GSN speaks to artists from across Europe as they spread LGBTI love

Huge crowds watched as artists from 40 participating countries walked the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest yesterday.

They were entertained by a live orchestra as they saw the stars arrive, including last year's winner Conchita Wurst, at the Rathaus in Vienna, Austria.

Gay Star News was there and talked to the most fabulous performers as they arrived at the star-studded event.

Artists send a message of peace, love and hope to the LGBTI community through song. Yes, even from Russia.

May 17, 2015

Conchita, Dana and all the LGBTI Eurovision heroes

As Austria welcomes everyone to Vienna to celebrate 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, we take a look back at some of the LGBT stars who have made Eurovision what it is today.


Undoubtedly the biggest success of recent times was the 2014 winner Conchita Wurst of Austria.

Against a backdrop of vicious verbal attacks from several East European countries, Conchita stormed to victory in Copenhagen receiving maximum points from 13 countries and even points from voters in Russia, Albania and Azerbaijan.

May 12, 2015

Dozens of lights show male or female same-sex couples with hearts

Gay-themed traffic lights are setting the mood for the the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in the Austrian capital later this month.

Dozens of traffic lights in central Vienna have been programed to show male or female same-sex couples with hearts, instead of the usual single, gender-neutral figure.

April 2, 2015

Plus her top beard tip

Conchita Wurst is coming to the end of what will almost certainly be the busiest and most exciting year of her life.

This time last year, she was a relatively unknown Eurovision Song Contest hopeful. Winning the competition transformed her overnight into the best-known drag queen in the world.

Now Vienna, Austria is preparing to host the 60th Eurovision on 23 May and Conchita’s reign will come to an end.

But her incredible journey is far from over. We caught up with her to find out more.

March 13, 2015

Vitaly Milonov has called the camp contest a 'blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay'

A Russian lawmaker has condmned the Eurovision Song Contest after he failed to get enough support for a boycott of what he calls a 'Sodom show'.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ban on 'gay propaganda', called for Russia's Eurovision selection committee to boycott this year's contest held in Vienna in May.

He has described the contest as a 'Europe-wide gay parade'.

March 12, 2015

The Austrian-born Eurovision icon shares her top tips on her glorious home city

Singer Conchita Wurst was the triumphant winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held last May in Copenhagen.

Here, she shares her personal Vienna tips, from her favourite place to eat to her favourite place to shop, ahead of this year's contest in the splendid city.

The Eurovision Song Contest will takes place at the Wiener Stadthalle indoor arena from the 19-23 May 2015.

March 12, 2015

Gay Star News teams up with Austrian Airlines for AMAZING giveaway

Gay Star News has teamed up with Austrian Airlines to give one lucky reader and a loved one the chance to go to Vienna for the Eurovision Song Contest.

You and a friend will attend the second Semi Final of the popular music event, now in its 60th year.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Vienna following Austrian-born Conchita Wurst's triumphant win in Copenhagen last year.

March 10, 2015

European city celebrates hosting music competition with touring multimedia show

The Vienna Tourist Board is to bring its touring multimedia installation to London in anticipation of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The specially-commissioned ViennaSphere artwork, which celebrates 60 years of Eurovision as well as 150 years of the Ringstrasse boulevard, will enjoy a three-day residency at London's Somerset House from 2-4 April.

March 5, 2015

It might not be a Minogue, but what do you think of the pick?

Australia has chosen its first ever representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, and they're not messing around.

Guy Sebastian, one of the most successful winners of Australian Idol, will perform on behalf of the country in Vienna this May.

His debut single 'Angels Brought Me Here' was the highest selling song in Australia last decade.

The title of the track that he will perform is scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sebastian said: 'It's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.

February 11, 2015

Read the most hilarious responses to Australia competing in the campest contest ever

Australia is to compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

The country, which is not exactly in Europe, will enter an artist, perform and vote on the grand final in Vienna this year.

This is a 'historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage', said Michael Ebeid, managing director of SBS, which will broadcast the live-show in May.

January 15, 2015

  One-stop travel shop returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and these are just some of the experts, organisations and friends of Gay Star News who will be on hand to make the event a day to remember...

Atlantic Pride – the gay cruise line specialists will be offering GSN readers a special discount on their 2016 cruise from the Caribbean to the Canaries.

January 9, 2015

To be in with a chance of winning, register your attendance at the Expo (taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on 17 January 2015 – and attendees at the event could be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Vienna in May, to experience the Eurovision Song Contest.

The prize includes Economy Class tickets for two people from London Heathrow to Vienna and back again (winner and guest must travel together), valid on and courtesy of Austrian Airlines.

January 6, 2015

Rise like a phoenix for GSN's travel event – taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Vienna.

The Austrian capital – which is also the host of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, following Conchita Wurst's triumphant win at last year's show in Copenhagen – will be just one of the exhibitors at the expo.

December 29, 2014

The Eurovision winner and drag performer says he would like to try and better understand the Russian leader

Conchita Wurst – the bearded drag queen who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year – has said that he wants to visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Wurst is the creation of 26-year-old, Austrian performer Thomas Neuwirth. In an interview with the German-language Kurier, Neuwirth, who is gay, said that he felt sure that he could find common ground with Putin if the two spent time together.

December 23, 2014

From Spanish bears and Swedish sportsman to gay girls of the Med – who will you be partying with next year?

Party around the globe with our round up of 2015's biggest and best gay events, from parties and prides to festivals to games!

Sydney Mardi Gras – 20 Feb-8 March
An undoubed queer rite of passage, Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most well-attended LGBTI events in the world. So much so, at last year's event, 4000 revelers were turned away from the parade to keep it under its 4-hour allotted time slot. Next year's is the 37th anniversary: the parade takes place on Sunday 22 February.

November 9, 2014

The song is distributed by the singer's new record company, Sony Music Austria

Conchita Wurst released a single today (8 November).

Heroes is the Austrian's first single since winning the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the site Directlyrics, the drag queen star's single is on iTunes and is distributed by Sony Music Austria.

Heroes is to be part of an unnamed upcoming album.

August 20, 2014

From one drag queen to another: 'The Jesus look isn't my cup of tea'

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio is known for her reads, and now Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is in her rolodex of hate.

The season six star and insult comic was on Joan Rivers’ online show when she was asked about the Austrian drag queen.

‘You’ve all seen Conchita, very feminine, very pretty, and with a beard!’ Rivers said.

‘I found him slash her…repellent…and others go insane for her! What do you think of Conchita?’

July 10, 2014

Drag star Conchita Wurst becomes fashion royalty after closing Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture fashion show in Paris

Austrian drag star Conchita Wurst was given one of the biggest ever honours in the fashion world, when she closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris couture runway show yesterday (9 July).

Conchita Wurst, who famously won the Eurovision Song Contest in May this year, was chosen by the legendary French designer to close his Autumn/Winter 2014 couture show in Paris.

June 14, 2014

GSN was there in Switzerland's largest city to talk to lesbian mayor Corine Mauch and many others about the 'unstoppable' march to equality

Europe is a continent divided.

With the west and north generally in support of gays, and the south and the east mostly not, countries in the middle like Switzerland are a battleground for civil rights.

Fighting for equal marriage, and for gay couples to adopt children, the LGBTI Swiss are hoping to sway public opinion to their side.

And if events like Zurich Pride continue to be held, then equality cannot be too far away.